Chief Executive (Tumu Whakarae) Statement
For over three decades, Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa (Te Rūnanga) has had a proud history of whanaunga care across the community.
We understand the courage it takes to pick up the ‘phone, send an email, click onto a website like this one, and walk into our sites. Once we receive a request for assistance/support, we ensure a whānau first, tikanga based, wellbeing approach to everything we do.
What we do works – we know this, because whānau keep coming through our doors seeking support, services keep expanding, and the teams across the organisation remain committed and passionate in the work that they do.
Providing services is not the only role that Te Rūnanga is charged with. We are also responsible for advocating and representation wherever necessary. With housing shortages, food costs rising and petrol costs increasing (as three current examples), advocacy and representation has always been important, and Te Rūnanga continues to do all that it can, across as many sectors as possible.
We are a loud and proud kaupapa Māori organisation with a direct commitment to Māori and Pasifika. At the same time, we are an inclusive organisation, so we welcome all ages, all ethnicities, all abilities and all identities.
Te Rūnanga is solutions and wellbeing focussed. We walk alongside whānau and offer a hand up, not a handout in all that we do. Our model of care includes our pou of whanaungatanga (importance of high trust relationships), manākitanga (providing support and care) and arohatanga (professional services including courageous conversations) in our desire to support whānau towards rangatiratanga (autonomy and independence). These are underpinned by our quality assurance processes of tika - completing services ‘correctly’ and pono – ensuring that what we do is appropriate and truthful.
It is an honour and a privilege to continue to serve the community.